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Global Awareness activity

Started by Eric Tsavdar. Last reply by Samantha Delfeld Jun 24. 5 Replies

Sometime last week, as I was reading everyone's responses on the Twitter discussion board, I remember someone posting an article having to do with bringing historical figures to life, and I think it…Continue

Global Lesson

Started by Deb Unruh Miller. Last reply by Samantha Delfeld Jun 24. 3 Replies

**Oops, left this as a comment.  Reposting as a discussion for comments.I chose to do a lesson using ePALS for my kindergarten class.  I wanted to find something that I thought my young students…Continue

Global Awareness

Started by Jillian Willey. Last reply by Aaron Curley Jun 22. 2 Replies

I realized I posted my initial discussion as a comment, so I am posting it here as well. I chose the Global Community Country Investigation on the ePals Community website. This activity requires…Continue

Lucca Week 6 Global Awareness

Started by Lauren Lucca. Last reply by Aaron Curley Jun 22. 4 Replies

I selected entering my students into the International CyberFair from the Global School website for my activity. My students will focus on the wetlands and water quality of Delaware. They will be…Continue

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Comment by Andrew Meade on June 20, 2014 at 8:18pm


Your activity sounds very interesting. I especially like how students conference with each other via skype, instead of just blogging with them. I feel that Face-to-face interaction can help facilitate cultural exchanges easier and more meaningful than simply writing to each other back and forth (nothing, or course, replaces actual physical meetings). I think your idea is a great way to expose students to different writing styles. I also feel that your students may be more motivated to produce a quality product when they know that, in a way, they are representing their entire country. How do you plan on addressing the language barrier? Will your class be working with English-speaking students or will you students have to learn/translate Spanish/Portuguese? 

Comment by Andrew Meade on June 18, 2014 at 8:03pm

Last week we learned about a variety of tools that could be used in the classroom to facilitate cultural exchanges. After exploring these tools, I decided to use ePals for my global curriculum instruction. Essentially, ePals allows students to email students from around the world and engage in international dialogue. I chose ePals because it services a large population around the world and offers many safeguards such as ensuring that student posts are moderated. Teachers also have the flexibility to increase or decrease the level of safeguards depending on the age of students. For my global instruction lesson plan, I had students introduce themselves to students from other countries with simple background information.
The purpose of this activity was to teach students how to use ePals and introduce themselves to students from other cultures. I envision using ePals intermittently for the entire year, so investing time in strong introductions is important. Eventually, my students will use ePals in order to strengthen their understanding of historical interpretations and cultural bias. Students will chose from a list of historical and current world events and begin dialogues with students from other cultures. These activities will help my students understand how history is often socially constructed and that a good historian must examine different pieces of evidence from different cultural lenses.
I believe my lesson relates directly to global awareness. First of all, students are stepping outside of their cultural comfort zone and engaging in meaningful dialogue with students from other countries. Additionally, they are researching important world events and analyzing those events from a non-Western point of view. I think it’s very important that students realize how drastically different other countries view the world, and that the interpretations of the United States are one of many different viewpoints that exist globally. Analyzing events from multiple perspectives will also help my students become less ethnocentric as they continue their social development
Finally, I envision incorporating ePals into the curriculum throughout the year, probably 1-2 times a marking period. I think it would be wonderful to globally dialogue about major world historical events as we learn about them in social studies class. Additionally, students can use current event topics to discuss modern current events. Students will need computers to complete the bulk of the research/ blogging, but luckily out team has a set of computers of wheels (COWS).

Comment by Emily June Hughes on June 17, 2014 at 12:41pm

For my Global Awareness assignment I decided to use ePals.  My seventh grade Social Studies class would be able to benefit from collaborating with students from across the world. I would have my students work in partners and then they would work with the students in the other class across the world.  The students would pick a global issue with their partners and they would attempt to solve it.  They would research and learn everything they can about the issue.  The students would then have to collaborate to make an action plan to help the social issue going on.  Who would the students involve?  What would the students do?  How could the students bring attention to the situation going on?  Why did the students chose this situation?  What is really going on in the situation?  Whose side are the students on?  All of the questions previously stated would be answered in their final project.  The students will have to make an action plan and write a reflection explaining all these questions.  The students will also have to give a presentation on their cause and their findings and what they plan to do.  This project would take at least half of the year.  I know that is a long time to work on this project but the project will entail a lot of research and work.  I want the students to take their time and I want the students to be able to focus on helping someone else and on how to achieve an end goal.  This project will force the students to learn about current events, become globally aware, compare alliances, analyze past events/situations/solutions and the students will have to think critically on what they are to do.

Comment by Deb Unruh Miller on June 17, 2014 at 12:28pm

I chose to do a lesson using ePALS for my kindergarten class.  I wanted to find something that I thought my young students could really understand, and something that they could do somewhat independently, or with teacher help, allowing for differentiation.  I would like to choose a class in a different region of the US, as well as a class from another country.  I would have my class keep a chart of things that are the same and different from their own experiences (i.e., traditions, holidays, customs, vacation days, neighborhood experiences, etc.)  In addition to communicating through email, I would have my students communicate through Kid Blog and have the other students follow and comment on each other's blogs.  The lesson is a global awareness lesson because it exposes my students to people from other countries, cultures and geographic regions of the world.  By getting to know other students their age, they can compare and contrast similarities and differences.  The overarching hope is that through this activity my students will learn respect for diversity as well.  This lesson can easily be incorporated into both my social studies block, and my writing time, as students will be using phonetic writing and other writing skills to email and create blogs.

Comment by Jillian Willey on June 17, 2014 at 12:23pm

I chose the Global Community Country Investigation on the ePals Community website. This activity requires students to research various aspects of a country (political structure, culture/social aspects, economics, physical features and any addition information students found) and share their findings with the class. I added to this by having students work in groups to complete their research, and then put together either a power point or a Prezi presentation which students use a means for sharing their information. I chose to incorporate this lesson into ELA. This activity lends itself nicely to the 3rd grade research standard, as well as speaking and listening. Students must complete a short research project as one of the standards. This lesson would not take much more than a week or two. Students also must report on a topic or text, giving appropriate details and speaking clearly. The presentation part of this lesson gives students practice with that standard. This activity is considered to promote global awareness because students are learning about various countries and sharing this with their fellow classmates. This will provide students with a foundation of what global awareness is and the fact that there are similarities and differences among different countries and cultures. 

Comment by Samantha Delfeld on June 17, 2014 at 9:48am

My global awareness lesson is based on a topic in my Anatomy class. I will first teach my students about the parts of the body and anatomical terms. I will provide them with a diagram to label the terms in English. Once they are learn these parts, I will collaborate with a Spanish-speaking class in Mexico through ePals Global Communication. I would like that class to teach my students the anatomical terms in Spanish. This is important because my students are future healthcare professionals and many patients speak only Spanish. My students will be better prepared to help these patients if they understand what they are saying. For the classrooms to connect, I will use the distance learning classroom and Skype with the class in Mexico. The Spanish-speaking students can help my students learn the terms in Spanish and speak them correctly. The class in Mexico will also be able to teach them about their culture and what happens in their hospitals. My students are learning about another culture during this lesson and this is the best way to help them in their future careers.

Comment by Ashlynn Maloy on June 16, 2014 at 7:46pm

For the global awareness assignment I decided to use around the world by PBs Kids. The activity will be used to teach a kindergarten social studies unit. The students will learn about globes, countries, resources, and different cultures. First the students will look at globes and how to use them. Then the students will learn about different countries and how we can find them on a globe. To finish the globe section the students will create their own paper mache globe. Next the students will chose a country on the globe and learn about the resources provided from this country. To wrap up resources the students will create products given a limited amount of materials. Lastly, the students will learn about cultures from the different countries. The students will learn about their lifestyle as well holidays and how they live. After the unit the students will create a travel journal just like from the website. The travel journal will include a picture of the country, resources, as well as pictures from the culture.  The lesson is considered global awareness because the students are learning about different cultures from all over the world. The lesson is also considered global awareness because the students will be learning about the different countries and resources that are provided. The activity will be incorporated into my social studies curriculum and will last about seven weeks.


Comment by Tom DeMatteis on June 16, 2014 at 6:29pm

I chose the Newsday Journalism activity through the website to expose my English students to the journalistic style of writing by having them create an online newspaper.


My students will connect with students in Brazil to produce a newspaper focusing on the World Cup.  They will watch the games, research key facts about the results, and write up game summary articles.  The students will then use Skype to layout the newspaper together.  Prior to completing the steps necessary to produce this newspaper, my students will be required to research information on the history of the World Cup and information on the host country, Brazil. 


Students will use various web tools to connect with and communicate with students from another culture to determine who will cover which games and to edit and revise the articles. Then the two classes will Skype to work on the layout of the newspaper using the program InDesign.  Once the online World Cup newspaper has been produced, it will be shared through


Part of the curriculum at the school where I teach English is to expose the students to a wide range of writing styles during their freshman year. This global awareness assignment spurred me to explore and develop an assignment that will expose my students to the style of journalistic writing.  While exposing them to this additional style of writing, there is the added excitement of connecting with students their own age half a world away! 

Comment by Lindsey Lee Smith on April 27, 2014 at 6:52pm

For my global awareness assignment, my Kindergartner's will be working with Arthur's World Neighborhood through We will work with this website an assignment throughout the entire school year. My class will begin by watching a video from Arthur called Dear Adil, where they will learn all about pen pals. We will connect with students in a Kindergarten class in California, whose teacher is an old high school friend of mine. We will learn about different cultures through epals. We will also Skype and use VoiceThread to communicate with the students in CA. This assignment will allow the students to compare themselves to the students in CA and see the differences and similarities to our culture and theirs. We will complete these lessons during our Social Studies time in class.

Comment by Dawn Lineweaver (Penuel) on April 20, 2014 at 6:43pm

The activity I chose for my global awareness assignment was exploring different cultures using Arthur's World Neighborhood. The website I used for this was The students will begin by watching an episode from Author called Dear Adil. The students will be learning about pen pals in this episode. They will continue learning about different cultures and connect with cultures through epals. My students will also Skype with a kindergarten class in California using education Skype. Throughout this lesson I will be informing my students of global awareness through learning about different cultures and comparing similarities/differences to our cultures. This lesson will be incorporated into our social studies lessons. 


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